How to Get Started with Xero

By | April 7th, 2021|Accounting, Business, Xero|

Have you been looking into accounting apps, but you don’t know where to start? We love and recommend Xero, because of its ease of use and high functionality. With Xero, you can do everything from sending invoices to monitoring your company’s key performance indicators.    We’re also a Xero Certified Partner, so if you want to save even more time, skip to the bottom for a major shortcut to getting started with Xero! Choose a Plan Xero currently has three levels of plans available to the general public. The plan you choose will depend on your needs. For example, the Starter Plan [...]

A Virtual Controller: 8 Ways They Can Help Your Business

By | March 31st, 2021|Accounting, Business|

It might be time to consider working with a virtual controller if you're ready to grow your business, but you’re not sure how. Or maybe you’d like to focus on the reason you started your business in the first place instead of all the numbers and analysis. If you could use a little help but aren't ready for another full time employee, a virtual controller is a great option. What is a virtual controller? A controller is someone who manages daily accounting operations such as general accounting, bookkeeping, payroll, accounts receivable, and accounts payable. With all the technology that’s available today, [...]

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Corporate Tax Planning for Your Business

By | March 19th, 2021|Business, Taxes|

Once your business is incorporated, it is a separate entity for tax purposes. This means extra paperwork for you and your accountant. It also means more opportunities as far as corporate tax planning is concerned.  Paying yourself a wage rather than living off the profits of your business like you do when you’re a proprietor is one of the opportunities available when your business is incorporated. But how do you know how much to pay yourself or even if you should? That’s where strategizing and tax planning comes in. What is corporate tax planning? Corporate tax planning is developing strategies that [...]

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Why Don’t You Love Your Business Anymore?

By | February 14th, 2021|Accounting, Business, Business Coaching|

Remember when you first started your business? You were so excited about it that you were constantly telling people about it, and you jumped out of bed, eager to start your day. But somewhere along the way, that excitement turned into a sense of obligation. Right now, you don't love your business, you wish you could get a break from it.  This is totally normal, and happens more often than you think. Many entrepreneurs start their businesses with a lot of hope and positivity. Once they see all the things that go into running a successful business, they realize it’s much [...]

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Working with an Accountant Can Do These 5 Things for Your Business

By | January 25th, 2021|Accounting, Business|

As a business owner, you’re probably aware that you should be working with an accountant. But did you know accountants can help you with more than just tax and financial statement preparation?  In addition to helping you with the usual tax and accounting work, working with an accountant can save you time and money, help you reach your goals and reduce stress, as well as point out strengths and weaknesses in your business. Here’s a more in-depth look at how working with an accountant is good for your business.  1. Save Money People are sometimes reluctant to hire an accountant because [...]

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Your Year End Business Checklist

By | January 15th, 2021|Accounting, Business|

As an entrepreneur with an incorporated business, you likely know you get to choose your year end date. This year end business checklist information is useful at any time of year, not just the end of a calendar year. It’s intended to help you organize your books and records to make sure your year end financial statement and corporate tax return preparation goes smoothly.  First of all, let’s back up a bit and discuss your year end date, in case you’re a new entrepreneur and haven’t gotten that far yet. What Date Should You Choose for a Year End? Not December. [...]

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New Year Resolutions for Your Business

By | January 5th, 2021|Accounting, Business, Business Coaching|

The start of a new year is often when business owners take stock of what went well during the previous year and what they'd like to improve during the upcoming year. Many people make New Year's resolutions for personal habits such as eating better and saving more money, but it’s fun to make new year resolutions for your business too. 4 New Year Resolutions for Your Business Here are a few things we commonly hear our clients saying they'd like to do differently as part of their new year resolutions for business. Open those brown envelopes from the Canada Revenue Agency [...]

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Organize Your Business for the New Year

By | December 30th, 2020|Accounting, Business|

Have you caught yourself saying, “Next year, I’ll be more organized”? I know I have!  According to Go Skills, the third most common new year’s resolution is: get organized. When you’re a business owner, it’s essential to organize your business so you don’t get behind in important tasks like invoicing customers and paying suppliers. One way to organize your business is to use systems. Systems are a set way of doing things. This can be a specific set of procedures, templates for documents you create over and over, or even tools like software and apps.  The main benefit of having systems [...]

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Share Your Experience with Your Business in 2020

By | December 16th, 2020|Business|

No one could have predicted what a crazy year 2020 turned out to be. A number of businesses rallied and pivoted to continue operating through these hectic times. Whether it was completely revamping your business or making the necessary changes to meet constantly changing health and safety regulations, we’d love to hear how you managed in business in 2020. To that end, we’ve created a form to make sharing your experience with us easy, and we would love your contribution. Based on what you have to say, we’ll be putting together future blog posts highlighting key things clients did in their [...]

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Employee vs Contractor: What’s the Difference

By | December 11th, 2020|Business, Taxes|

The question of whether someone who works for you is an employee or a contractor is an important one. It’s the difference between someone being your employee or being self-employed. If handled incorrectly, there can be penalties for you as a business owner, as well as the worker.  The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) provides a very detailed guide on the question: employee vs contractor. We break down the key things you need to consider below. Employee vs Contractor You might be wondering what difference it makes. Employee vs contractor, so what? The main concern is a person’s eligibility for employee benefits [...]

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